5 Spring Break Destinations that Won’t Break the Bank

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Spring Break. The perfect time for parents and kids to recharge before the crazy, jam packed, marathon that is the end-of-school. Planning a spring break vacation on a budget can be daunting, but it’s perfectly doable, if you know where to look. Here are five spring break destinations in Georgia that won’t break the bank.

Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain State Park

Georgia State Parks: There is no better value than a Georgia State Parks vacation. I like to call them my ‘yes’ vacations. Whatever anyone wants to do, the answer is yes, because everything is so affordable. We’ve canoed at George T. Bagby State Park, learned archery at Panola Mountain State Park, rode horses at FDR, and studied the water at Amicalola State Park. With the first time camper program, you can get everything you need for your trip, and get help setting it up.

 

Photo courtesy of The King & Prince Resort
Photo courtesy of The King & Prince Resort

Golden Isles, GA Between Jekyll Island and St. Simon’s Island, there is lots of free and inexpensive fun, besides just playing on the beach. Our favorites, the Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll and searching for tree spirits on St. Simons Island. With so many free and inexpensive activities in the Golden Isles, there may be room to splurge on accommodations. The Golden Isles offers vacationers a plethora of lodging options, from the luxurious Cloister at Sea Island, to the beachside King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island or the historic Jekyll Island Club. Explore Georgia has a great deal at the King and Prince or Days Inn Jekyll Island for those with an early spring break.

 

The Rock Ranch
The Rock Ranch

The Rock, Ga. For something a little unique, plan a camping trip in a Conestoga Wagon at the Rock Ranch near Barnesville, Ga. These authentic wagons include bunk beds, wood for the fire, clean port-a potties and a folding table stocked with essentials. In-expensive add-ons like as a hot dog dinner, storyteller or astronomer are available, but frankly, we had a wonderful time just enjoying roasting marshmallows and running around the pasture. During special events like Spring at the Ranch, campers receive a discount on the added entertainment.

 

Stone Mountain Park. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.
Stone Mountain Park. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Stone Mountain, GA Part theme park, part natural park, Stone Mountain is a fun escape just outside of Atlanta. The Crossroads section offers a 4D theatre, SkyHike, mini-golf, train rides and more. Be sure to see the special offers available on their website for discounts to Stone Mountain attractions. The outdoor granite museum, and the hike to the top of the Stone Mountain is a must and free. The Marriott Evergreen Resort is perfect for families. A recreation area off the main hotel allows kids to swim inside or out, as well as play with giant chess or checker sets while Mom and Dad relax with a cocktail on the porch or by the outdoor fire pits.

Atlanta, GA – There are so many different things to do in Atlanta, it’s hard to choose a few for this article. For those looking to keep the costs of visiting multiple attractions down, consider an Atlanta City Pass. You can visit some of Atlanta’s most popular attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tours and either Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center and either Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the High Museum of Art. The passes are good for nine days after the first use and allow you to save time by bypassing the ticket lines.  If museums aren’t your thing, check out Goldstar for discounts on shows or Atlanta on the Cheap for deals and discounts around the city.

 

Published: February 2015
Written by: Sue Rodman
Sue Rodman
Sue Rodman is co-founder of the family travel site 365 Atlanta Traveler , as well as the co-author of 101+ Free Things to do in Atlanta. She is a contributing blogger for TravelingMom, Minitime Family and several other family travel sites. Her work also has appeared in printed publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven, and Publix Magazine. Sue...